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Day 4: #Trust30 Project

That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

After careful consideration, I’ve decided that my question will be, “How do I serve myself today?” I’m the kind of person that has lived in the fast-paced stress of daily deadlines for quite some time with little focus devoted to my personal life. Now, for the first time since I was nineteen years old, I have time off. No daily responsibilities to meet other than working out, writing, meditating and catching up with friends and family. It’s been a bit of an adjustment to say the least. How do I live my life in service to others when I am the focus of my attention? It’s so uncomfortable even typing this out because it strikes me as selfish  to consider the ways in which I need to be the recipient of my own energy. But on the other hand, how can I serve the world if I don’t serve myself?

My typical habit is to push myself to meet everyone else’s needs until I am exhausted, then hibernate until I feel restored. The push-pull of my desire to be social versus my need to be introverted. I like to think that most people are like this to some degree. But if my experience has taught me anything it’s that I need to take care of myself first. By asking the question of how to best serve myself for the highest good of all, the people around me will benefit as well. And that’s a start I’m excited to live in…

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